Just want to say that I improved the sound of my CM1s very noticeably today... simply by toeing them in more. I've had them about 12 degrees in since first setting them up and they've been great, but lately I've caught onto anomalies that sounded like I was hearing my room a good deal. Slight upper mid/high freq ringing mostly but also, the soundstage wasn't as focused and precise as I heard in the showroom where I first demoed the CMs.
I've been looking into possibly getting some acoustic panels to treat the ringing problem. The "clap" test reveals the issue plainly. Then I thought, "Hey, why don't I try toeing them in more?" Since it should reduce the intensity of high freq sound bouncing off my walls (which are only about 2 feet from each speaker as my room is pretty small) and also focus the soundstage more.
Well, I adjusted them so they're now about 15
degrees inward and they almost
face me directly at my listening position. I began listening to some music I had been playing recently and the difference was startling. I could hear subtle musical details and sound cues much more easily. I noticed less
brightness and less ringing. And instruments and vocals were considerably clearer and easier to place in space. I also decided to try throwing my faux fur blanket over my big, reflective TV (right between the speakers) to see if that would do anything. It did, as I heard clearer center imaging and further reduced unnatural brightness.
So, just goes to show that it really pays to play with your setup if you want to hear your speakers true potential. I'm pretty excited about getting some treatments in here. These
look to be a really good value.
edit: Well, I ordered 8 of ATS's 24"x24"x2" panels in wine. About $200 total. Pretty darn good value. Can't wait.
edit2: I was wrong about the toe-in. I just calculated it properly and they're actually 15 degrees inward NOW. So, they must have been 7-8 degrees before. In any case they seem to be toed in an ideal amount for me now, so it's cool. Stereo panning effects are very easy to follow with my eyes, where before I could sense them moving, then lose them around the middle and then regain their location when they were almost to the other side.